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Hotaru no Hikari (Glowing Firefly)

  • Hotaru no Hikari


    March is the season of graduation in Japan.

    In Japanese commencement ceremonies, we often sing “hotaru no hikari (glowing firefly)” as a farewell song.

    The original song of “hotaru no hikari” is the Scottish folk song “Auld Lang Syne,” which is comparable to the Scottish national anthem.
    「蛍の光」の原曲は、スコットランドの民謡「Auld Lang Syne」であり、この民謡はスコットランドの国歌に匹敵します。

    Also, “Auld Lang Syne” has spread all over the world.
    また、「Auld Lang Syne」は世界中に普及しています。

    Actually, Japanese people sing in favor of songs that were derived from Scottish folk songs in addition to “Auld Lang Syne.”
    実は、「Auld Lang Syne」以外にも、日本人はスコットランド民謡を原曲とした歌を好んで歌います。

    One of the reasons is thought that the musical scale of Scottish folk songs is the same as the Japanese traditional one (5 musical scale).

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